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How to winterize your above ground pool

By Blog Author on Tues. Sept. 4th, 2017

Blog 4  Pool-1.jpegWith winter officially upon us it's time to close down our pools until next year. Above ground swimming pools are extremely popular and provide an excellent way to cool down during the summer months without the financial impact of installing an underground or permanent pool. However, with that being said these pools are not cheap to fill up and take a lot of water and time. Instead of draining your pool and storing it for the winter, which can be damaging to the integrity of the pool fabric try these simple steps to winterize your pool and save time and money next summer.

  1. Ensure the chemicals in your pool water are in balance. Most towns will have a pool store that can check the water for you with a provided sample. If you do not have a local store or prefer to do it on your own you can purchase test strips and check the chemicals on your own. After checking your water use winterizing chemicals in the water to make sure it stays clear. These can be purchased anywhere you buy pool supplies.
  2. You want to make sure your pool is clean before closing it down for the winter. Make sure and vacuum the pool and scrub the walls with a large brush. Also make sure the filter and all hoses and connections have been properly cleaned. This will prevent any bacteria from spreading or setting over the next few months.
  3. The most important step is to cover your pool with a winter cover. These covers are more sturdy than a typical pool cover and are often black on the underside to keep sunlight from reaching the water thus preventing bacterial growth. These covers typically come with a cable and winch for an extremely tight fit. If you live in an extremely windy area you can also use a winter seal, basically heavy duty plastic wrap. Wrapping this around the pool cover and upper edge of the pool can assist the cover in keeping wind out.

With these simple steps you will be able to dive into your above ground pool in no time once the temperatures heat up again!